As the successor to Microsoft Windows 10, which was released in 2015, Windows 11 is now available for free download on Windows Update for eligible devices.
It’s a big 10 deviation in terms of visual design. The Start menu and taskbar in Windows 11 is a simplified, cleaner version of 10, and makes the operating system look more like MacOS and ChromeOS by opening in the middle of the screen.
However, you can still move it to the left if you prefer the older look. Once downloaded, you only have 10 days to go back to 10 if you don’t like Windows 11. Microsoft plans to support the older system until at least 2025, so you’ll have time before you’re forced to switch.
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Good news for gamers, Microsoft has included features that are sure to keep fans happy. 11 features Auto HDR so your games look sharper and gameplay feels smoother than ever.
In addition, Direct Storage helps your graphics card and SSD communicate faster, so intensive gaming should be handled easily by the system.
Windows 11 also allows for easier transition between multiple monitors, allowing users to easily switch between projects with better multitasking support.
Can I upgrade to Windows 11?
For your device to be compatible for an upgrade, it must be running on an 8th generation Intel Core processor or higher, or an AMD Ryzen 2000 processor or higher.
For many users, switching to Windows 11 may not be an option.
Intel’s 8th generation processors were released in late 2017, while Ryzen 2000 chips didn’t hit the market until 2018 – so millions of devices cannot be upgraded.
Windows chief product officer Panos Panay told the media when the system was rolled out that 11 is “clean, fresh and easier” for users.
He also promised that the new operating system would not be an “extreme departure” from what people know, but would build on the hugely successful earlier versions of Microsoft.